Rahm Wants Hill To Chill

May 12th, 2008at 11:25am Posted by Eli

Sounds like the Democratic establishment is starting to get a wee bit antsy about Hillary continuing to bash Obama, especially now that it’s obvious to everyone but her that she’s lost the primary:

“What Hillary does in the next month is important,” Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), a one-time senior adviser to former President Bill Clinton, warned last week in Manhattan.


[T]he man known affectionately by his colleagues as “Rahmbo” for his electoral prowess is clearly worried about an unbound Clinton, who so far has shown little desire to turn down the volume on Obama.

“If she spends her time contrasting with Sen. McCain, drawing distinctions that help the Democratic Party, that’s productive,” he said. “If it’s done in another way, that’s not productive.”

Translation: Clinton can help bring the party together, or she can drive deeper the wedge that is dividing the Clinton and Obama camps.

It’s not just about votes. It’s about money.

The Democrats have run laps around Republicans in the money race. At the end of March, Obama had $51 million in cash on hand, compared with $11.6 million for McCain.

But while McCain has been saving his pennies, Obama has continued to pour money into costly primary contests.

At the same time, the Republican National Committee has raked in the dough – it reported $31 million in cash on hand at the end of March. And last week, the committee raised $7million in its best night ever, thanks to a joint account established with McCain.

By contrast, the Democratic National Committee reported only $5 million in cash on hand in March, and it has no joint fund-raising account because Obama and Clinton are still focused on beating each other.

The situation is serious enough that Clinton has summoned her top fund-raisers to a meeting at her Washington home on Wednesday to talk about the road ahead.

At least one invitee says he hopes to serve up a heaping portion of reality.

Richard Schiffrin, a national finance co-chairman for Clinton, told the Los Angeles Times last week that he plans to tell her, “Let’s look at the situation as it exists and think about whether there’s a credible path to the nomination, and if there isn’t, what’s Plan B?”

What is Plan B, indeed.  Plan B should be to very publicly and sincerely endorse Obama as the nominee, and to campaign for him and against McCain without reservation.  Anything less will signal to her followers that Obama is as unworthy and unelectable as she’s been saying throughout the primaries, and to everyone else that she’s hoping for a disastrous one-term McCain presidency so she can run again in 2012.

I’m hoping Hillary will do the right thing, and stand by what she said at the ABC debate:

…[O]nce [the nomination] is resolved, I think it is absolutely imperative that our entire party close ranks. That we become unified. I will do everything to make sure that the people who supported me support our nominee. I will go anywhere in the country to make the case.

And I know that Barack feels the same way because both of us have spent 15 months traveling our country. I have seen the damage of the Bush years. I’ve seen the extraordinary pain that people have suffered from because of the failed policies. You know, those who have held my hands who’ve lost sons or daughters in Iraq. And those who have lost sons or daughters because they didn’t have health insurance.

And so, regardless of the differences there may be between us, and there are differences, they pale in comparison to the differences between us and Senator McCain. So, we will certainly do whatever is necessary to make sure that a Democrat is in the White House next January.

Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about.

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